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Stuckey works with first-team defense

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Originally published July 30, 2010 at 10:51 p.m., updated July 31, 2010 at 12:02 a.m.

    Darrell Stuckey had a strong spring and did not disappoint in his first three days of practice in terms of showing what he’d learned and how comfortable he was.
    Feeling they can accelerate the fourth-round pick’s learning curve, training camp officially opened yesterday with Stuckey working with the first-team defense at strong safety.
    While the Chargers would love it if Stuckey ultimately kept the job, head coach Norv Turner said, “It’s a starting point.”
    And veteran Steve Gregory did get the first-team reps in the afternoon.
    “Gregory can go in and play,” Turner said. “He has a lot of experience. I want to see what Stuckey can do. Stuckey impressed in the three-day rookie (portion of) camp. He’s gotten a better feel already.”
    Pocket picky

    Philip Rivers has come to be known as one of the league’s most aware quarterbacks in the pocket. He thinks maybe too aware in some instances.
    Last year, especially early on as his offensive line went through a makeover due to injuries, he saved himself from at least a half-dozen sacks by sidestepping a rusher he either barely saw or simply felt.
    But his point of emphasis for improvement this season is to be better when standing back between the tackles.
    “This year a lot of the offseason has been about and I want my focus in training camp to be in the pocket,” he said. “Not so much pocket movement, because I’ve helped myself a whole bunch. But there are a couple plays a game I move too much. When I only need to move six inches, move six inches. When you can move three yards and be comfortable throwing it, fine. But there are a couple times where I move myself out of the throw.”
    Nuts ’n’ Bolts

    Eric Weddle is being counted on to couple his instincts with what he has learned his first three seasons and become a playmaking free safety. He had a good start, making a move and then diving to intercept a Rivers pass during the first 11-on-11 session of camp.
    •When the Chargers worked on their nickel package in the afternoon, Gregory was at safety and newcomer Donald Strickland was at nickel.
    •As the coaches begin to assess what will be one of the most intense battles of training camp, virtually every defensive lineman took snaps with the first team.
    •The Chargers practice twice today, with select season-ticket holders invited. The first practice open to the public is 4 p.m. Sunday.
  2. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    Maybe our guys will be the Blue Meanies we've hoped they'd be.

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